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Our interview days are a great opportunity for you to meet staff and discover more about the student experience and opportunities here at Reading School of Art.


What do I need to prepare for the interview?

We hope that most candidates will be able to attend in-person interviews and bring their portfolios, but we can also organise online interviews if this is extremely difficult, in which case candidates should also send us a digital portfolio. 

Please bring a portfolio of your work with you on the day of your interview, including sketch books, notebooks, and written texts as appropriate. Large scale and 3-dimensional work should be represented photographically. If you require audio visual equipment, computer, or internet access, please let us know by emailing

Further guidance on how to prepare your portfolio is provided below. 

How will the interview day work?

The interview session will include a brief welcome talk by a member of our academic staff, a presentation by one of our current students, and a tour of the studios and workshops. After this, you will have time to explore the Art department on your own and to talk with current students.


  • You will be interviewed by one member of teaching staff from the Art department
  • The interview will last 30 minutes and there is an opportunity for you to ask questions during the interview; therefore, you may wish to prepare a few questions in advance
  • We will be discussing your artwork, so please have your portfolio to hand, either in person or digitally if being interviewed online
  • Please let us know if there is anything we should be aware of or can do to help further with your interview.


We will ask you the following questions:

  1. Where did you hear about the University of Reading, and what is it that appeals to you about your chosen course and studying at Reading

  2.  From your portfolio, choose one piece/project that you are most proud of, and another piece/project that taught you the most during its making. Tell us about the works and your reasons for selection.

  3. Tell us about an exhibition that you have visited; where it was, and who/what was exhibited. Discuss what you found interesting about it.

  4. How do you think studying Art at University of Reading School of Art will help develop your art practice, and you personally? Are you interested in any of the opportunities to study abroad and/or do a work placement, for example?

  5. Tell us about your other interests, including another subject if applying for a joint honours degree.

  6. What would you like to ask us?

Where will my interview take place?

The interview session will take place at the School of Art, which is located near to the Earley Gate entrance to the Whiteknights campus at the University of Reading. For further information about travelling to the University of Reading and a map of the Whiteknights campus, please visit The School of Art is Building number 20 on the Whiteknights campus map.

Will car parking be available on the day of my interview?

Limited parking is available on campus. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you park in car park 22 which is located behind the School of Art (Building 20 on the Whiteknights campus map) and can be accessed by taking the first turning on the left after the Earley Gate entrance. On arrival, please collect a parking permit from the main office within the School of Art, which will need to be displayed prominently in your car windscreen for the duration of your visit.

The sat nav postcode for the Earley Gate entrance to the Whiteknights campus is RG6 7BE.

Portfolio tips 

• We are particularly interested in your most recent work – even if it is unfinished – and work you have produced independently and in your own time.

• Take time with your selection when putting the portfolio together. Do not include everything you have ever done, but a good, clear selection that represents your abilities – the quality of the work is more important than the quantity.

• Demonstrate your personal interest.

• Show your technical skills.

• Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary practice.

• Keep your portfolio up to date – don't include very old work.

• We would like to see some images of your sketchbook pages, worksheets and drawings.

• Please supply title, media, date and dimensions of each piece.

• Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to research through meaningful investigation. Please include reference materials and show your arguments to justify the result.

Technical guidelines for digital portfolio submissions

Please note: digital portfolio guidelines only apply to applicants who are unable to attend their interview in person and who have made arrangements for their interview to be online.

  • Please ensure that the overall file size is no greater than 20MB (you can save images as viewable onscreen, rather than print quality).
  • All portfolio images should be arranged into one, single PowerPoint or PDF file, and not as separate files/folders.
  • You can also email a link to your website if you have one.
  • Please ensure that all images are clearly captioned with the name of the artist (including yourself), title of work, media, date and dimensions of each piece, and any other relevant information, such as work in progress or preparatory sketch.

Who should I contact if I have further queries?

If you have any queries or if you require any assistance in relation to booking your interview via the online booking system, please contact

If you have any other queries or if you require any other assistance in relation to your interview, please contact the School of Art at or on +44 (0) 118 378 8050.

For further information about our programmes and about studying in the Department of Art, please visit our undergraduate courses page.

We look forward to meeting you on one of our interview days soon!